People and Groups
The people of Lawrence are what make it unique, and the spiritual life on campus has a presence as unique as the students and staff. Staff, dialogue facilitators and student organizations work within their own faith and also build bridges among different faith practices to better understand the community around them.
Beyond campus, students can meet with a variety of spiritual leaders in the community.
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is housed within the second floor of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, also known as Sabin House. Professional office staff includes the the Dean and Chaplain, the Associate Dean, and the Administrative Assistant/Sabin House Coordinator. We proudly employ students as assistants, specialists, and Interfaith Activators. Interfaith Activators assist the office in the facilitation and operation of a safe multifaith environment and serve as our link to students and faithbased groups. Taize' Interns plan and lead our bi-weekly Taize' services that are held at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and All Saints Episcopal church.
Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain to the University
Joining Lawrence University in September 2016, Linda Morgan-Clement brings a passion for interfaith dialogue and does the daily work of encouraging the Lawrence community to embrace relationships within and in service to spirituality. As Dean and Chaplain, she provides direction in and around faith by encouraging collaborative approaches to weaving the campus community together wherever possible. Creating a brave and safe space, offering pastoral care, teaching, ministering locally, and being a stable campus touch point are just a few of the ways that Linda serves Lawrence.
Linda Morgan-Clement earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll University, a master of divinity degree from Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
In August of 2018 the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life rekindled a relationship with Terra Winston, an alumna of Lawrence University. As Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, Terra enhances the office by building dialogues across campus, providing spiritual care to the students, staff and faculty, and also bring a presence that strengthens the ideals of inclusivity and collaboration. Terra's unique role allows her to provide substantial focus and concentration as the liaison and adviser for campus student religious organizations, as well as those groups who are in a nesting pattern of less structured spiritual organization.
Terra's degrees include a master of religious studies degree from the University of Chicago, a master of divinity degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary and a master of theology degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life
Lawrence welcomes alumna Amber Latimer as the first Practices Fellow for Spiritual and Religious Life. As a former Director and Assistant Director for the Gap Experience Program at St. Norbert College, Amber has firsthand experience mentoring emerging adults and helping them navigate their transformative college years. Her dedication to serving students will allow her to focus on the impact of programming within the office. Amber's personal and professional travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, and Europe. These travels together with her life experience and work in therapeutic wilderness environments brings with it a balanced approach to global issues, a commitment to learning and educating, and a respect for the work of Lawrence and the Spiritual and Religious Life office.
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her partner and their dog, spending time with family, and catching up with her friends - many of whom she met as a student at.
Administrative Assistant / Sabin House Coordinator
As a support to the Dean and Coordinator for Sabin House, Karen began her time at Lawrence in February 2017. She is a strong supporter of the many students, staff and faculty that come to the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. Being part of the 'student life' side of the higher education community allows her to contribute to the development of a person as a whole, which is an important responsibility that each student faces. Being able to support those efforts through the lens of faith and spirituality is a gift and a privilege.
Sabin House Assistant
I am a Junior with diverse interests, friends, and attitudes.I started working for the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life after getting to know the nature of how students on campus relate to religion, and how that relates to me as a member of the campus. Reading, games, and poking fun at the world are among the ways I spend my time.
If you are interested in becoming a student employee in the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, please visit Handshake via the Lawrence Link.